Looking for fun this Independence Day? Check out the KawBoom! Festival in Lawrence at Burcham Park!
The public fireworks display will be at approximately 9:45 p.m. on the river levee in north Lawrence. Public parking and a shuttle ride to Burcham Park is available in downtown Lawrence on the 4th of July – meters and parking garages are free on the Independence Day holiday.
Independence Day is just a few days away and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical wants to remind the public that Lawrence is a fireworks-free city and only novelty items are permitted in the City of Lawrence.
Since 2002, Lawrence has limited the use of fireworks in the city and prohibited the sale and handling of fireworks. Some novelty items are exempted from the city’s ordinance which includes party poppers, snappers, snakes/glow worms, sparklers, toy caps and toy smoke devices.
Several acceptable items are available for families celebrations. The list of novelty items includes:
- Party poppers - small items not more than .25 grains of explosive with a string protruding from the device that is usually pulled to ignite.
- Snapper - small paper wrapped item with no more than .02 grains of explosive that, when dropped, the device explodes.
- Snakes, glow worms - produces a snake-like ash upon burning.
- Sparklers - Wire or stick coated with pyrotechnic material that ignites to produce a shower of sparks (sparklers are only permitted in Lawrence the from June 27- July 5 as part of the State permitted items).
- Toy caps - toy plastic or paper caps for toys in sheets, strips, rolls or individual.
- Toy smoke devices - produce smoke only and with a limited amount of pyrotechnic material.
City of Lawrence Ordinance 7594 states that the use, possession, handling and sale of fireworks are prohibited with the exception of the use of fireworks for display is allowed as set forth in for supervised public displays.
City of Lawrence Ordinance 8802 amends the 2012 IFC Section 5601.1.1(b) to make it unlawful to ignite or otherwise use aerial luminaries.
Be courteous! If a veteran lives in the neighborhood, be a good neighbor and think about the implications fireworks can have on their celebration and daily routine. An estimated 7% to 20% of the more than 2.5 million veterans and troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan are believed to have developed PTSD. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, loud blasts and flashing lights can sometimes induce panic attacks. PTSD is characterized by emotionally re-experiencing traumatic events. The thoughts are triggered for combat veterans by the sound of an explosion or gunfire, or even certain sights and smells, according to the Institute of Medicine.
Pets can also be bothered by the loud noises. Make sure animals are secure inside if they tend to react to loud noises. People in our community can also be affected by the smoke created by fireworks if they have respiratory and breathing difficulties. Celebrate safely and be courteous.